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16 August 2013 | Issue 621

The weekly LU Text service will resume on Friday 6 September 2013. Please ensure you check the Facilities News website regularly as there is a lot of work taking place across the campus that might affect you. To view previous editions see LU Text Archive.

Contents: News| People| Lancaster in the news| Work on Campus| Food & Drink| Training & Courses|


Lancaster ranked top in the North West for student satisfaction

Students at Lancaster University are among the most satisfied in the UK according to the 2013 National Student Survey. Full story.

University Halls get students’ thumbs up for four years running

Lancaster University has earned the title of the ‘Best University Halls’ for the fourth year running in the National Student Housing Survey. The University also gained other awards and shortlistings in the annual survey of students in higher education across the UK, conducted by independent experts Red Brick Research. The award for ‘Best Learning Environment’ went to Grizedale Townhouses, a title the development took two years ago, only to be pipped at the post last year by Fylde College, which, this year, is shortlisted in the same category. Full story.

Lancaster sociologists to lead a 500k research project

Cost effective, alternative makeovers for old technologies may well be the key to a brighter, greener, low-carbon future for China and, ultimately, the rest the world. Full story.

Lancaster University gets the Green Flag

For the second year running Lancaster University’s campus has been awarded the Green Flag, a national accreditation for high quality green spaces. Full story.

Vice-Chancellor’s Forums

The opening Vice-Chancellor’s Forum, which took place in June, focused on the strategic implications of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for Lancaster University, and the broader impact on the higher education sector. Learn more.

Listen to the audio podcast and join the debate. An audio podcast is now available to listen to online, offering some reflections on the first VC Forum. As there was so much interest in the topic of MOOCs, we hope that you will share your views with us.

Email us with topic suggestions for forthcoming forums. Topics will be short-listed for selection by the Vice-Chancellor. Students and staff members whose proposal is selected will automatically be given the opportunity to attend that session.


Congratulations to Colin Green (Economics) who has been awarded a Personal Chair.

Professor Garik Markarian from the School of Computing and Communications has been to Buckingham Palace for a reception with Her Majesty the Queen. The reception was for winners of The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2013. Full story.

The Vice-Chancellor, acting on behalf of the Senate, has reappointed Professor Geraint Johnes to the position of Dean of Graduate Studies for a further year from 1 August 2013.

Dr Steven Fish is the new Head of Business Partnerships and Enterprise for the School of Computing & Communications. He joins Lancaster from Aberystwyth University, where he was Director of Enterprise for the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences. View full profile.

Colin Reid has been appointed as the new N8 Industry Innovation Forum Director based at Lancaster University. Colin has worked for FTSE100 progressive technology based companies in the private sector, and with public and HE organisations on technology development and research commercialisation.

Former distance learning creative writing MA student Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, has been shortlisted in the 2013 Poetry Foundation Ghana Prize and longlisted for the Short Story Day Africa 2013 competition. Beverley will visit the Department of English and Creative Writing in October, thanks to funding from the Alumni office, to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Creative Writing at Masters level at Lancaster.

Professor Ruth Wodak, Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies, Department of Linguistics and English Language, has been invited to take part in a high level panel and the opening discussion ("Values as Acquis or Cheap Talk?”) on the perspectives of the European Union at the European Forum in Alpbach, Austria on 19 August. The forum, established in 1945, is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture which addresses socio-economic questions.

Cartmel College has a vacancy for the position of College Dean, initially for 3 years, available for the Academic Year 2013/14. The Dean is the Senior member responsible for discipline, security and safety within the College, and works closely with a team of Postgraduate Assistant Deans, Senior College Officers and the University Dean. The Dean also forms part of the College’s Senior Management Team and is expected to take an active role in the life of the College and sits on meetings of College Officers, College Council, College Syndicate and Disciplinary Committee. For further information and informal enquiries, please contact ext. 92431 Formal applications, in writing should be made to the College Administrator, e-mail Cath Gorton, by Monday 2 September.

Lancaster in the news

Research into the ageing of the cardiovascular system led by Professor Aneta Stefanovska (Physics) received coverage around the world, from The Sunday Times to the BBC World Service and the Huffington Post. Dr Claire Hardaker (Linguistics) was interviewed extensively in the media including Channel 4 News and BBC 2 Newsnight about her research into trolling.

To see other news items featuring colleagues follow the link.


Parking and free minibuses: Undergraduate Visit Day 2013

We are expecting around 3,000 additional cars on campus during the 28 August Undergraduate Visit Day. The University has put in place a parking management plan, which includes minibus shuttles, parking helpers and extra parking signage. Traffic will be directed into any available parking space on campus, including Staff Parking Zones. Staff unable to find a parking space during the day should follow the directions of the parking marshals, in high-visibility vests. Please co-operate with their directions as they are there to help everyone find a place to park. There will be no parking charges on the August or September Visit Days. Staff are also welcome to make use of the free minibus service which will operate around campus with various signed minibus pick-up points around the perimeter road. Staff are kindly asked to travel to work by other modes of transport or make a special effort to car share for the day, if at all possible, as pressure on parking spaces will be very high.

Centre for the Study of Extreme Events Meeting

The next meeting for academics interested in the Study of Extreme Events will be held on 25 September, 2-4pm. This meeting will be used to discuss the centre’s progress and a number of proposed events. There will also be a “speed dating” session where members of the group can meet other academics interested in related areas. Please confirm your attendance with Becky Gordon.

NEW motorcycle parking in the underpass

Secure and sheltered motorcycle parking is now available at both ends of the underpass. Secure locking points are provided and the areas are covered by CCTV.

Anti-virus software updated

The anti-virus 'Symantec Endpoint Protection' (SEP) application on University PCs is being updated. Starting on 20 August, Managed XP PCs and Supported Windows 7 PCs will be upgraded to SEP version 12. Staff may notice that their PC takes longer to 'start-up' whilst the new version of the anti-virus software is installed. No user action is required, the new version works in the same way as the old and Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is compatible with Windows 8.

Staff and Students with 'independent' (Non-Managed/Supported PCs) can install SEP 12

SEP 12 is also being rolled out to public access PC Labs and Teaching spaces.

Work on campus

Further information about all the following work and other work on campus is available on the Facilities news webpage, or by contacting the Facilities helpdesk, 01524 593333.

Repairs to South Spine gas pipe

From 8am Tuesday 20 August to 8pm Wednesday 21 August, the South Spine gas pipe will be closed for repairs. There will be a barrier along the South Spine but access will be maintained.

Closure of underpass and campus mains cold water shutdown

The underpass will be closed from midnight on Thursday 29 August until midnight Friday 20 September, to enable completion work of the structural concrete underneath Alexandra Square. For this work to be carried out the campus mains cold water will be shut down from 10.00pm on Friday 30 August and reinstated by 4.00am on Saturday 31 August. To view the travel and traffic arrangements during this time visit the Facilities news page.

Partial campus power shutdown

On Saturday 7 September and Saturday 14 September, there will be a partial campus power shutdown to enable contractors to undertake work on the primary sub-stations.

Food & Drink on Campus

Information on university run food and drink outlets - Food and drink during the summer vacation

Training & Courses

Organisation and Educational Development

Please find below upcoming staff development opportunities that may be of interest. For further opportunies later in the year please visit the OED website or email directly